I have made this soup two times. The first time I followed the recipe exactly as written and found it lacking the flavor that I had expected, thus the four stars. So, the second time, I followed some of the suggestions of the other cooks who have made adaptions, and did the following: I used the zesty V-8, added 1 can of beef broth, 1 drained and rinsed can kidney beans instead of the green beans, and 1 cup of red wine. To achieve the flavor I was hoping for, I seasoned the onions and grated carrots with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I added the beef and used the same seasonings on it (I used ground round), then put three large cloves through a garlic press and added that into the mix. I used sweet canned corn and threw in part of a rind of parmesean cheese. I let the mixture simmer for an hour or so and adjusted the salt and the soup was a BIG hit with my family. They gave the new and improved version 5 stars. As one cook stated in her review, this soup is a good base soup and the sky is the limit for additions that can only improve the taste.
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I have made this soup two times. The first time I followed the recipe exactly as written and...